ROME, JANUARY 5 – “We must speed as much as possible our response to the migration crisis. That’s why I went to Tunisia”, the Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti said today in a press conference in Rome after a short trip across the Mediterranean to discuss anti-trafficking measures with the Tunisian authorities: “They are ready to cooperate. We convened a joint working-group of our police forces on January 16 to tackle the problem”, Minniti said.
In the meanwhile Italy is reforming its network of hot spots and CIE (identification and expulsion centres) which have been deemed inefficient and only favour illegal immigration. New structures will be put in place in every Italian region: they will be smaller than in the past, hosting up to 100 migrants and be located close to airports.
The new CIEs, Minniti said, will “have nothing to do” with the
sprawling and barely controllable centres of the past and will
exclusively contain “those who must be expelled”. He added that he would propose to the State-Regions council on January 19 “small structures, with transparent governance and external power over the living conditions”.
Minniti said he would present an “organic” migrant plan to
parliament. Stressing it was a mistake to equate migration with
terrorism, he said the plan would be “serenely” examined by
parliament in order to send the “right message” to the Italian
people. There is “malware of terror” on the Web against which a
battle is needed “which cannot be confined to a single country,”
Minniti said. In order to stem Web-based Islamist propaganda, he
said, there must be “international cooperation between
governments and major providers”.
The issue of immigration, its ramification on domestic security, and its root causes in the situation in Libya were discussed on Thursday during a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. Besides Minniti, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs Angelino Alfano and of Defense Roberta Pinotti took part along with the Italian Armed Forces Chief of Staff and the Head of Italian Police Franco Gabrielli. (@OnuItalia)